Sri Lanka opens Airport for Tourists from 01/08/2020

June 09, 2020

Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Tourism ready to welcome tourists from 1st Aug 2020
Sri Lanka is readying to Welcome travelers from across the world with safety guidelines and precautionary measures. 


Who can visit?
All nationalities are welcome and all types of travellers whether groups. families, individuals. 

Which airports operate? 
Bandaranaike International Airport [BIA], Colombo Ratmalana Airport IRMA] and Mattala 
Rajapaksa Hambantota Airport IMRIAI will be operating tor tourist arrivals 'rom Aug 1 2020 

What are the visa procedures? 

  • All travelers will require a valid visa: this will be issued for 30 days and extendable tor upto 6 months after arrival. Online visa at
  • Further relaxation tor long Stay guests is currently under consideration. enabling tourist to be granted five‐year multiple entry visas with maximum 6 months stay.
  • Visa fee US $ 100

Information required for visa application 

  • Booking details at Certified Accommodation
  • Itinerary in Sri Lanka
  • Return ticket
  • Proof of medical insurance

Where can I stay and is there a minimum duration? 

  • A minimum 5 night Stay in Sri Lanka is required.
  • Independent professional audits will be to certify accommodation providers who will be listed on the Sri Lanka tourism website. Details Of bookings made With Certified Accommodation providers are required for the visa application

Predeparture Covid19 PCR testing
A negative PCR test is required prior to   your flight and on arrival in Sri Lanka. The test should be 
no older than 72 hours prior to boarding. 

On arrival in Sri Lanka 

The airport Will have high intensity sanitation measures in place for all areas and staff. 

There is no quarantine on arrival unless symptoms are detected.

  • There is no quarantine on arrival unless symptoms are detected.
  • A PCR test would be done on arrival at the airport. No charge. 
  • Currently it takes 24 hours to receive the test results. We are making changes to have  results within 4‐6 hours by August. In the event it is required to wait 24 hours for test  results; you will be able to select a hotel for a one‐night stay from Certified 4 or 5‐star  hotels in Colombo or Negombo until the test results are received. 
  • A further test will be done 4‐5 days after arrival by a mobile unit in coordination with  your Certified Accommodation provider. 
  • Travelers staying for more than 10 days will be required to take a third test during their  stay. While this may be inconvenient it is essential to safeguard everybody and provide peace of mind. 
  • In case of a positive PCR result, quarantine in a designated hotel or hospitalization will take place depending on the details of the case. Quarantine would usually be 14 to 21 days if symptoms are detected.

 Moving around Sri Lanka 

  • To ensure your safety, please arrange transportation prior to your arrival, with your Certified Accommodation provider or travel agent. Public transport should not be used. 
  • All tourist sites will be open from the 1st August onwards with safety protocols and measures in place to ensure the wellbeing of our travelers. 
  • There will be no travel restrictions between districts for tourists. 

What is Sri Lanka's status with COVID19? 
Being an island, and  thanks  to  the  proactive measures  taken, Sri  Lanka  has  been able  to manage  the spread  of  the  virus. No  active  community  clusters  have  been  detected  in the  last  30  days  within  the country. 

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